Originally Posted by schatten789
Ok I have been thinking about maby putting this in my rear. It says it replaces the spider gears which are the bad parts in my axle.
I drive on road during the week and off road on the weekends. Will this be noisy when on road?
Another thing I need to know is what axles will fit under my truck with no modifications? I dont have the time,tools, or welding skills right now for the explorer 8.8 swap so I need a ranger axle but dont know if all years fit or if fx4s fit.
One more question, how much do you guys think it will cost if I was to buy the ford racing Traction-Lok and have it installed at a shop?
If your going to go with a Lunchbox Locker and your going to drive it on the road as a DD still, your best bet is probably the PowerTrax No-Slip. I've never heard of anyone complain about them.
From what I know they click a little bit, but nothing major compared to other Lunchbox lockers (like the Lock-Right that you linked).
2nd, if you have a 4x4, I'm pretty sure you already have the 8.8 under you truck. Check the axle code on your door jamb.
3rd, personally, I'd steer clear of the Ford Racing Traction-Lok. If just the spider gears are bad on your rig, then a Lunchbox will fix up your problems fine, and you actually get a locker instead of just a L/S. And if you do go with the Traction-Lok, your going to need to get your gears changed over to the new carrier, which from the sounds of it means your going to have to take it to a garage to do. Right there your probably looking at around $750 plus parts to install that baby. Diff work is really expensive around here unless you know someone.
A lunchbox I'm 90% anyone could do themselves as long as they are willing to think a little bit. Hardest part is getting the drum brake of the outside of the axle IMO. Haha...
Finally, as far as what axles fit, pretty much any 8.8 will fit under your truck. As far as I know the rear end of Rangers has been the same since at least the Gen 4 (98+) if not even the Gen 3 (93+).